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Driver Licensing > Motorcycle License > Basic RiderCourse®

The Basic RiderCourse® (BRC) is designed for beginner riders with little or no previous motorcycle experience. This course is mandatory for those drivers under the age of 18 who wish to obtain a motorcycle endorsement. Students will learn about different types of motorcycles, their controls, how they operate and will begin developing and practicing the mental and motor skills necessary for safe riding.

The BRC combines classroom instruction with on-cycle riding practice. Class times vary, but students will spend a minimum of five (5) hours in the classroom and ten (10) hours riding. All riding exercises are conducted at slow speeds on a closed range. The skills taught during the course include: rider and motorcycle preparation, defensive riding strategies, riding in a straight line, cornering, braking, shifting, clutch-throttle control, and basic crash avoidance techniques.

Students take a written evaluation and a riding evaluation as part of the course. Students who complete the course and pass both of the evaluations receive a completion card that will allow a motorcycle endorsement to be added to their license. Non-NH residents should confirm that their home state DMV will accept the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse® completion card.

Motorcycles and helmets are provided, but students are responsible for providing the following protective clothing: eye protection, gloves, boots that cover the ankles, sturdy pants and a jacket. Students may bring their own DOT approved helmet for use during the course.

Students who do not arrive on time for any portion of the course will not be allowed to continue, and will not be refunded.

Basic RiderCourse® Highlights

  • Course graduates are exempt from the DMV written and skills tests (non-NH residents should verify this with the DMV in their home state).
  • A motorcycle learner's permit is not required.
  • Motorcycles and helmets are provided.
  • Courses will run, rain or shine.
  • No experience needed.

Enrollment Requirements

All students need the ability to balance on and ride a bicycle. Only individuals under the age of 18 must have a valid driver license and a Motorcycle Safety Course WaiverAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol signed by a parent or guardian.

Register for a BRC Course

To register for a Basic RiderCourse®, please review the training scheduleAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol, and provide us with a completed Course Registration formAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol along with the appropriate fee by mail, in person or by fax to:

NH Dept. of Safety
DMV - Motorcycle Rider Training
23 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
Fax: (603) 271-0368

If you are unable to download the forms and would prefer to have them mailed to you, please contact us at (603) 227-4025.

Once I pass the course …

Students will perform a written evaluation and will have a riding evaluation during the course. If the student passes both of these evaluations, he or she will receive a New Hampshire Motorcycle Rider Training Program completion card. The student can take that completion card to the NH DMV within one year and receive their motorcycle endorsement on their driver license. Non-NH residents will receive a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse® completion card and should verify with their home state DMV if it is accepted. Note: There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass.

If I am unsuccessful …

Although the BRC is designed for beginners, not every rider passes the class on the first try. Students who do not pass the first time may register for a second class and try again. Students who complete the entire class but do not pass the riding evaluation may be eligible to take an Intermediate Rider Course. Students should call the Motorcycle Rider Training Office at (603) 227-4025 for more information.

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